09-16-05
I77 at 42mm
Overturned Tractor Trailer

The truck driver was very lucky as his cab and tractor were destroyed.  The cab portion of the tractor came off the chassis at the firewall and the driver was able to get out of the cab by crawling out the window in the sleeper.  Troutman Fire & Rescue, Wayside Fire, Iredell Co EMS and State Patrol were on scene with IMAP units showing up near the end to help with traffic.  The truck ran up against the inside guard rail and ran on it for about 300' before turning over.  250' of guard rails were torn out of the ground.   The driver was very lucky today.

 

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Driver after just getting out of sleeper

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EMS work to stabilize the patient.

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Getting the backboard in behind him to get him on the board.

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Passenger side of vehicle - the cab is below the fuel tanks.

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The crunched cab is compacted to where no one would have lived.

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Sort of like a turtle on its back.

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Product was a concern, but after finding out it was pellet limestone, tensions eased off.

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Transporting the driver to the ambulance to be checked out.

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A little closer of the rear of the cab laying away from the frame.

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Waiting for the wrecker, the men pose with the Night Train which had derailed.

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Looking at the driver's door in the center of the picture.

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Different angle from other side of the truck.

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Twisted metal that was decoration was now just twisted scrap metal.

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Bouncing off the guard rail did it's damage to the aluminum wheels.

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Full length of the truck and tractor.

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Product concern was at first problem but found that it was non hazardous.  

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Looking in the window from where the driver crawled out of the sleeper.

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The window of the tractor showed debris that was all in the driver's seat.

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Firemen cutting cables prior to righting the truck.

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Cutting the cables with the bold cutters.

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Sawzall is brought out to cut part of the guard railing.

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Trailer coming up as wrecker struggles.

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Just about down on the ground.

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The chassis minus the cab portion of the truck.

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Getting some of the leaking fluids adsorbed.

mini-PICT0124.JPG (125083 bytes) The night train not as fierce as before.

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Firewall of the Cab.

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